The compact Mavic Air series from DJI has another new member. The first Mavic Air was released in early 2018, so it has been a while since we saw a new model. And the youngest family member can be there!
The new Mavic Air 2 is slightly heavier and larger than the first Mavic Air, yet it is smaller and lighter than the more expensive Mavic drones on the market, the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.
The new camera sensor found in the Mavic Air 2 is quite similar to most smartphone cameras we see today. The camera can take 48-megapixel photos, but it is set to 12-megapixel from the start.
Videos can be recorded up to a resolution of 4K at 60 frames per second. HDR can also be used in 4K videos at 30 frames per second. As always, DJI Drones have very good stabilization, this time with a 3-axis gimbal as we saw on its predecessor.
According to DJI, their new Mavic Air 2 is the smartest and safest drone they have ever made. As we expect from DJI, there are again sensors on the front and back that ensure that you don’t bump into anything.
This time it is again possible to track people with ActiveTrack 3.0. Select yourself on your phone screen and the drone will do the rest. Point of Interest 3.0 automatically makes the drone fly around an object or human and Spotlight 2.0 ensures that you always stay in the picture, no matter how crazy you move the drone.
The new controller now looks more like an Xbox controller, it is heavier but looks more comfortable. Your phone will now be secured at the top instead of the bottom.
The antennas must therefore make way for a telephone holder. They are not necessarily necessary anymore because DJI now uses their own OcuSync 2.0 technology to connect to the drone instead of WiFi. This should allow the drone to fly further.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is available from mid-June for a suggested retail price of 849 euros, for which price you just get the controller, cables and battery. You could also put in a little more money (1049 euros) for some extra accessories such as a carrying case, two extra batteries, spare propellers and more.
This way you can fly longer in one session and you can get started right away without having to buy a carrying bag and extra batteries separately.